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U.S. Lifts Ban on Laboratory-Made Lethal Viruses

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 – U.S. officials said on Tuesday they've lifted a moratorium enacted three years ago on funding lab experiments that would create lethal viruses. This type of research can now occur if a scientific panel finds the potential benefits outweigh any risks, said Dr. Francis Collins, head of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The research in question would involve tweaking ...

Researchers Uncover Different Variations of MERS Virus

Posted 17 Dec 2015 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 – Five variants of the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus have circulated between people and camels, a new study finds. Meanwhile, a second study reported that an experimental vaccine for camels showed promise. Several outbreaks of MERS have occurred in the Middle East and South Korea in recent years. About 35 percent of people who contracted the ...

More Than Half of U.S. States Not Well Prepared for Disease Outbreaks: Study

Posted 17 Dec 2015 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 – More than half of U.S. states are poorly prepared to respond to infectious disease outbreaks, a new report says. Twenty-eight states and Washington, D.C. did not pass muster for preventing, detecting, diagnosing and responding to such outbreaks, researchers found. They added that the United States must boost efforts to protect Americans from new threats such as Middle ...

Synthetic MERS Vaccine Works in Animal Tests

Posted 19 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 – An experimental vaccine protected monkeys against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, U.S. researchers report. University of Pennsylvania researchers gave the synthetic DNA vaccine to rhesus macaques six weeks before exposing them to the MERS virus, and found that all of them were fully protected. The vaccine also generated potentially protective ...

MERS Virus Doesn't Seem to Spread Easily, Study Finds

Posted 27 Aug 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 – People infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus are unlikely to pass it to others in their household, a new study suggests. Mostly confined to countries in the Middle East so far, the virus has infected 837 people and killed at least 291, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). "A lot of speculations have been made that MERS spreads ...

MERS Virus Did Not Spread in 2 U.S. Cases: Health Officials

Posted 17 Jun 2014 by

TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 – The potentially deadly MERS virus did not spread from two patients in the United States to any people in their homes or to health care workers who treated them, federal health officials said Tuesday. The cases of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) in Indiana and in Florida involved patients who worked as health care providers in Saudi Arabia, the epicenter of the ...

Camels Confirmed as Source of Human MERS Infection

Posted 4 Jun 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 – Saudi Arabian doctors say they've identified camels as one source of MERS infections in humans. The scientists report they matched genetic samples from the virus that killed a Saudi man last November to virus samples present in one of nine camels that he owned. They said the finding, published in the June 5 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine proves that camels ...

CDC: 3rd Suspected MERS Case Was False Alarm

Posted 29 May 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 – An Illinois man thought to have contracted the potentially fatal MERS virus from a business associate was not infected after all, federal health officials said Wednesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on May 17 that the unidentified Illinois man had been infected with MERS by a man who brought the first known case of the mysterious respiratory ...

Third U.S. Man Tests Positive for MERS Virus, CDC Reports

Posted 20 May 2014 by

SATURDAY, May 17, 2014 – A third U.S. man has tested positive for the MERS virus but shows no signs of the illness, federal health officials reported Saturday. A business associate of the man who brought the first known case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus to this country in late April, the Illinois man tested positive for the virus on May 16, officials from the U.S. Centers ...

Florida MERS Patient Released From Hospital

Posted 20 May 2014 by

MONDAY, May 19, 2014 – One of three patients in the United States diagnosed with the MERS virus has been released from an Orlando, Fla., hospital, officials said Monday. The man, a 44-year-old health care worker from Saudi Arabia – the epicenter of the MERS outbreak – traveled to Orlando where he started feeling symptoms of the respiratory illness formally called Middle East Respiratory ...

Existing Drugs May Work Against MERS, Studies Suggest

Posted 20 May 2014 by

MONDAY, May 19, 2014 – As media reports warn of the first cases of the potentially deadly MERS virus in the United States, three new studies suggest that certain existing drugs might help fight the illness. So far, three U.S. patients have been identified as having been infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...

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